To Orbit and Back Again

How the Space Shuttle Flew in Space

  • Davide Sivolella

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 495-503

About this book


The question may be simple, but the answer is not as easy to give. This book describes the structures and systems used each time the Shuttle was launched, and then follows an imaginary mission, explaining how those structures and systems were used in orbital operations and the return to Earth. Details of how anomalous events were dealt with on individual missions are also provided, as are the recollections of those who built and flew the Shuttle.

Highly illustrated with many diagrams, photographs and technical drawings, To Orbit and Back Again

• focuses on the engineering aspects of the Shuttle

• describes the systems and subsystems in clear, non-technical terms

• brings to the fore the design work behind the Space Shuttle and the mission itself.




Aerodynamic command surfaces Challenger explosion How Space Shuttles fly Main propulsion system Rocket booster technology Shuttle engineering Shuttle orbital flight Space Shuttle program Space shuttle structure Space shuttle systems Space transportation system

Authors and affiliations

  • Davide Sivolella
    • 1
  1. 1.Aerospace Engineer, Thomson AirwaysLondon Luton AirportLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0982-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0983-0
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